NZ crop volume set to soar New Zealand kiwifruit growers have predicted increases in volume which will lift next season’s forecast from 253,000 tonnes to 265,000 tonnes. With over 85% of the crop due to be exported, this is likely to affect prices. One of the reasons for growth has been the continued planting of the Zespri Gold variety, which now accounts for 10% of total acreage, and increasing interest in the potential offered by organic fruit. l Hard discount chain Lidl has been selling kiwis for 5p each at stores in the north. Wholesale market prices by comparison are £3.50-£4.00/ctn for Chilean fruit and £5.40-£6 for New Zealand’s. There are between 50-60 fruits in a pack. {{M/E FRESH PRODUCE }}